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Grow the Game

Grow the Game

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The Foundation’s Grow the Game Scheme provides grants of up to £1,500 for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided by The FA. The Scheme is delivered by the Foundation. 

The application window is now open and is due to close on Thursday 29 March

Grow the Game provides funding for projects that use football to: 

  • increase participation by both players and volunteers.


Applications are welcome from organisations that are 'not for profit' and planning to set up one or more new football teams over the next two years. 

Organisations must have a signed constitution (with an appropriate dissolution clause), child protection policy, equal opportunities policy, bank statements and income/expenditure records (for all accounts held by the organisation).



Eligible projects

We will accept applications in the following categories: 

  • Female teams – u7s to adult 
  • Disability teams


* Please note, existing adult male teams will soon be able to apply for support from a new FA, retention-focused scheme, due to be launched in April.

Who can apply

  • Football Clubs
  • Youth Clubs with a football programme
  • Futsal Clubs
  • Community groups/centre/clubs
  • Charitable Organisations
  • Parish Councils
  • Sports Associations
  • Local Authorities
  • Multi-sports clubs
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Professional Club Community Schemes
  • Industrial and provident societies
  • Unincorporated not-for-profit organisations
  • University and College Teams playing in FA affiliated community leagues

 

Who can't apply

  • Individuals
  • Profit making organisations
  • Leagues
  • Educational establishments
  • University teams playing in BUCS, Intramural, or non-FA affiliated leagues
  • College Teams playing in AOC, Intramural, or non-FA affiliated leagues
  • Organisations who received a Grow the Game grant offered in 2017, or a three-year grant offered in 2016
  • Groups wishing to apply for charitable status
  • Organisations seeking retrospective funding for costs that have already been made or are due before an offer of a grant has been awarded


Costs covered by the grant

Grow the Game provides funding to contribute towards a combination of the following essential costs associated with providing new football activity:

  • Facility hire
  • Hire of FA qualified coaches
  • Referees fees
  • CRB checks
  • Affiliation fees
  • League entry
  • First aid kits
  • Promotion and publicity
  • FA coaching courses
  • Additional courses
  • Football kit/equipment through a bespoke voucher


Grant limits

Organisations are able to receive a grant of £1,500 per new team created over two or three years with financial support being reduced in the second or third year of the project.

Clubs will be required to contribute some elements of cost towards to the new teams, however evidence of partnership funding will not be requested.

Applying for funding

This area of the website is split into three sections to provide support on your application. Use the navigation on the right to move between sections.

We recommend reading through all of the sections before proceeding with your project.

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